With good weather promised, I decided to try a trip to Blackwater this morning. It wasn’t any kind of bonanza, but I did find a few interesting birds.
There’s still only a few wading birds compared to a few weeks ago, and I don’t know what to make of that.
I found only a single Greater Yellowlegs.
This appears to be a Field Sparrow.
Killdeer are started to appear in larger numbers.
Several Eastern Kkingbirds are stiil flycatching on Wildlife Drive.
A mixed flock of Tree and Barn Swallows was foraging along Wildlife Drive.
Severall Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.
This Bald Eagle was making a lot of noise.
This Great Egret had much of the marsh to himself.
Forster’s Terns like to hang out on theses pilings.
These Brown Headed Nuthatches appeared to be having a lot of fun.
This Delmarva Fox Squirrel was just barely in range.
This Fox was prowling around the visitor center.
It was cloudy this morning, so I didn’t get to Terrapin until nearly 7:00. It started clearing up right away, so my timing was good.
There was plenty of migrant activity, but they were moving quickly and I didn’t get as many good images as I wanted. There were very few wading birds, which seems a little odd to me.
I stopped by Sandy Point on the way home and found a few Terns, which are beginning to be a favorite.
Seagull, goofing on the beach.
This Laughing Gull was bathing at Sandy Point.
Only a few Royal Terns are at Sandy Point.
About 10 Caspian Terns are spending time at Sandy Point.
This Barn Swallow was flying in an oval pattern, so I was able to get some flight shots.
I found this Brown Thrasher at Terrapin.
This Red Eyed Vireo is probably a migrant.
American Redstarts are still appearing in large numbers.
The poor light make this Yellow Warbler look too dark.
This is only my second Wilson’s Warbler, and the last one was at Terrapin as well.
We’ve had a little rain the last couple of days, so I haven’t been able to get out in the morning, my preferred time for photography.
I did manage to find a few bugs in the afternoon, and then I got an email about a rare bird at Sandy Point yesterday, so I made the trip despite the rain and traffic.
The Red-necked Phalarope was right where he was reported to be, and very cooperative,so I got some nice images. I don’t usually chase these rarities, but this one was close and worth the effort.
There are still 20 or so Caspian Terns at Sandy Point.
This sequence shows a Royal Tern apparently picking up, then dropping a stick.
This Red-necked Phalarope was foraging in small circles, as described by the Audubon guide. Audubon: “Phalaropes reverse the usual sex roles in birds: Females are larger and more colorful than males; females take the lead in courtship, and males are left to incubate the eggs and care for the young. Red-necked Phalaropes nest around arctic tundra pools and winter at sea. During migration they pause on shallow ponds in the west, where they spin in circles, picking at the water’s surface. However, most apparently migrate offshore, especially in the east. Despite their small size and delicate shape, they seem perfectly at home on the open ocean.”
It’s still a little slow around here, so I went back to Bombay Hook this morning. I’ve never seen so many Sandpipers in one place. There were many thousands feeding in the first pool. Apparently they stay until the tide comes in.
There wasn’t as much variety as usual, and many of the birds were at the distant side of the pools, but enough cooperated to get a few decent images. The Night Herons were much more visible than usual.
I found this Beaver at Lake Artemesia yesterday.
Many Goldfinches were feeding near the marsh.
Eagles are almost always in this single tree at Bombay Hook.
There were hundreds of Egrets, but most were too distant for good images.
I just barely caught this Semi-palmated Plover at it flew by.
Forster’s Terns are still present in large numbers.
I spooked this Green Heron near Finis Pool.
This Great Blue Heron was photobombed by a flock of Least Sandpipers.
This Blue Grosbeak was singing loudly as I entered the refuge.
Black Crowned Night Herons nest at Bombay Hook, and this juvenile is learning how to feed himself.
I tried Lake Artemesia for the first time in a while, and it was good enough. I found a decent warbler and some other migrants, a promising sign. A couple of huge caterpillars made as nice find as well.
I also stopped at Quiet Waters this afternoon, and found a few bugs.
This Cardinal posed nicely.
Several Wood Ducks were feeding near shore.
This Great Crested Flycatcher found a nice Cicada for breakfast.
At least two Green Herons were foraging in the lake.
This Chestnut Warbler was a nice find.
An odd looking bug.
Another Red Banded Hairstreak.
Two of the largest caterpillars I’ve ever seen.
Yesterday I stayed in the ‘hood and didn’t find much, so I made the trek to Blackwater this morning. I found a nice warbler right off, but it wasn’t a great trip, even though it was an improvement. I was hoping to find more warblers, but I didn’t have much luck.
These Purple Martins will be heading South soon.
Another bathibg seagull.
Caspian Terns seem to like Sandy Point.
This Cardinal was at Terrapin yesterday.
Red Headed Woodpeckers were very noisy today.
I found several Eastern Kingbirds.
This Carolina Wren was singing loudly.
Forster’s Terns spend a lot of time at Blackwater.
3 Bobolinks were hanging out near the visitor center.
This is a Grasshopper Sparrow.
3 Bobolinks were hanging out near the visitor center.
Killdeer are becoming more common.
A single Greater Yellowlegs was foraging in the mash.
There are fewer Great Blue Herons than usual.
I spooked this Green Heron, who landed in a nearby tree.
This Seagull was bathing at Sandy Point yesterday.
This Chickadee was having a good breakfast.
This Pine Warbler landed right in front of me.
I started at Sandy Point this morning, and got a fairly routine sunrise, then headed to Terrapin. There wasn’t much to see. I feel as though I have to check, as migration is well underway, but it’s very disappointing to get nothing at all.
Rather than check in at CBEC, I went back to Sandy Point, where I found a few Terns, Gulls and Sandpipers.
A quick stop at Greenbury Point was totally unproductive.
This Wood Duck was all I found at Terrapin.
A small flock of Least Sandpipers was drinking from a puddle at Sandy Point.
I don’t know why Seagulls seem to bathe in puddles.
This Osprey flew over the beach.
This Fish Crow was calling loudly.
A group of 10 Caspian Terns was hanging out together on the beach.
I’m still not finding much around here, so I went back to Blackwater this morning. I started with the Cormorants, who weren’t very active, them went on to Wildlife Drive, which was a bit better.
The wading birds are still scarce, and I only found one warbler, It looks as though most of the Swallows have moved on.
The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are still feeding heavily.
A few Laughing Gulls were hanging with the terns.
This Northern Harrier spooked all the Terns.
A few Eastern Kingbirds are still flycatching along Wildlife Drive.
Chickadees like the pine trees.
I only found a few Great Blue herons.
This distant Green Heron appears to be molting.
The Double Crested Cormorants are most active at dawn.
This Wood Duck was at Terrapin yesterday.
Orchard Orioles will be leaving soon.
Caspian Terns often gather at Sandy Point.
These appear to be Ring Billed Gulls.
Many Black Vultures make their living at Sandy Point.
This Forster’s Tern is waiting to feed.
I found several Great Egrets this morning.